How do I know if Ive broken my nose?

A broken nose will be painful, swollen and red. Other typical symptoms include:

  • bruising around the eyes ( Eye, black )
  • a nosebleed
  • tenderness when you touch the nose
  • a crunching or crackling sound when you touch the nose
  • the nose looking deformed
  • difficulty breathing out of the nose, as if something is blocking it

Many broken noses can be cared for at home and medical treatment isn't always necessary, especially if the skin and septum (wall between the nostrils) are still intact.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018